A view from the back …
With the Oxford half marathon tomorrow, I dropped an email over to Harborough HQ offering to be tail walker and run report writer – one where I keep my legs moving, the other I can be firmly sat down for!
My average time at parkrun usually means my starting point is slap bang in the middle between 25 and 30 minutes and it’s fair to say that it can get quite busy so to have the opportunity to watch parkrun unfold from the back felt really rewarding.
As tail walker, you generally see every runner, walker and marshal out on the course. You get to say well done to the fastest runners and offer encouragement those that are struggling, while thanking the marshals as you pass.
We were joined by who I think might be Market Harborough parkrun’s youngest participant – at just two and a half months’ old! It can’t be that bad – looking around at everything going on for the first lap, napping for the second and then waking up in the last half a mile to a cheer through the finish line.
Turns out as tail walkers we were also in the perfect position to watch the 1.59 marathon attempt by Eliud Kipchoge successfully complete his attempt and 15 minutes or so into parkrun we saw him cross the line!
And next time you’re looking to rest your legs, why not try tail walking for a refreshing view of parkrun.